View Full Version : To Willie, on Nov 9, 2004

11-09-2004, 02:49 PM
My darling boy Willie, my heart dog, my soulmate, today on November 9 three years ago you went to the Rainbow Bridge, and took a part of me with you. My mind is heavy with the memories of that day... of taking you out to lay in the sun for awhile as you loved to do, and looking out a few minutes later to see you laying on the ground, drooling and staring emptily ahead. I ran out and picked you up, bringing you in and weeping. I called your Daddy from work and we took you to the vet, where he told us you had had a stroke. He told us he could try to revive you but most likely if you made it, you would be very disabled. We made that most incredibly painful decision, to let you go on to Rainbow Bridge, to join your brother Cody. I held you in my arms, felt your last peaceful breath as you went on to greener pastures. You were 13 years old, having just had your birthday the day before.

Willie you cannot begin to imagine how painful that was for me... but then maybe you can. You always seemed to know my heart the way no one else could. I did it for you my boy, I knew you were ready, even if I wasn't. There's not a day goes by that I don't think of you, sometimes with a smile, sometimes with tears. Your memorial says it all, my heart.


Tonight your candle burns, as it does eternally in my heart.



I also wanted to just share a couple little videos I have of my boy. The quality isn't great as I took them off the television. This one has him rubbing his face on the sofa and then patiently putting up with Tasha puppy stealing his bone.

11-09-2004, 02:56 PM
Just a few more pics of my sweet boy..

How he looked when I first saw him:

A natural showman.. he loved to pose

Playing in the snow:

He made friends with a horse that lived near us

Hanging out on the old sofa with his brother Cody

Laying on his bed beside my own bed.


Cuddling with little sister Tasha

The other video is when we were on our camping trip for our honeymoon, and he's putting up with Tasha's juvenile antics.

11-09-2004, 03:00 PM
What a beautiful soul. Willie, rest well dear until you see your loved ones again.

Your picture alone gave me goose bumps and your Mommy's tribute brought tears.

May you play happy at the Bridge and find my childhood heart dog Missy. She'll give you lots of love and friendship.

My Peanuts
11-09-2004, 04:29 PM
That was a beautiful tribute to Willie. I'm sure he knows how much you love him.

11-09-2004, 05:05 PM
Wow,,, you an just see the love even thru a cold computer screen,,, thank you for sharing a bit of his life!

Rest Easy.

11-09-2004, 10:31 PM
What a beautiful and touching tribute. Willie was so handsome. I can see why you miss him so much.

11-09-2004, 10:45 PM
What a beautiful tribute to a handsome Willie boy. You can just see how much you loved him in this tribute.

Thank you for sharing something as special as this with us. My heart goes out to you.


11-09-2004, 11:39 PM
How very lovely, loving and pure.

11-09-2004, 11:45 PM
That brought me to tears ......... how beautiful .....

11-09-2004, 11:49 PM
What a beautiful tribute, Jess. I can tell how much you loved him.

I'm sure Willie is looking down on you today and grinning that Collie smile from the Rainbow Bridge. He was such a handsome boy, and that memorial for him is so touching. I loved all of the pictures.

RIP still, sweet boy. We love you.

11-11-2004, 12:58 PM
That was beautiful....Willie is proud I'm sure!

PJ's Mom
11-11-2004, 01:18 PM
What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful boy.

RIP Willie. :(

11-11-2004, 02:26 PM
That is a beautiful tribute to a special angel.

11-11-2004, 02:35 PM
Thank you all for the kind replies and for appreciating my boy. I have wished so often I had found Pet Talk before I lost my boys so I could have had the wonderful compassion and understanding during an extremely difficult time, but it is never too late to share the memories.

11-11-2004, 02:41 PM
A beautiful and touching tribute. *hugs* Willie was gorgeous.

11-11-2004, 03:14 PM
Jess, your words and your pictures are just beautiful. I know that Willie is comfortable and happy, watching you with Tommy and Tasha, wishing he could join in on the fun. :)

11-11-2004, 05:42 PM
Awwww, im so sorry about willie, what a nice, beautiful tribute. Im sure my baby summer is playing with willie on the RB. and willie is watching after summer. RIP Willie. hope your playing hard at the RB

11-09-2005, 12:49 PM
I'm thinking of you today Will.... 4 years now and I've never stopped missing you. I never will.

Love can touch us one time, And last for a lifetime, And never let go till we're one.
- My Heart Will Go On


11-09-2005, 01:06 PM
I am always taken aback by Willie's beauty. Time eases the pain, but doesn't lessen the love we feel inside.

May today you find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your special boy.

Willie-Happy 4th Anniversary in Heaven sweet boy.


11-09-2005, 01:41 PM
Wow, what a wonderful tribute to a special boy. He was so gorgeous.

Willie, may you rest in peace.

Kirbys Mom
11-09-2005, 01:56 PM
thats very sad I dont know what I would do with out my Collie Sophie

11-09-2005, 06:08 PM
Thinking of you Jess and your beautiful Willie...

11-09-2005, 06:42 PM
RIP Willie.

11-09-2005, 10:33 PM
I'll bet those videos mean a lot to you. He must have been a really sweet dog. He didn't even flinch when Tasha was taking that bone. I know how you must miss him. Remember he's in your heart always and you will reunite one day.

11-10-2005, 11:26 AM
What a beautiful trip to beautiful Willie. My heart aches for you, Jess, and your loss.

...RIP Willie...

11-11-2005, 07:47 PM
I am sorry I didn't know Willie personally. He was such a wonderful companion.

11-11-2005, 11:23 PM
Always will your candle shine
Forever bright in Mama's heart
We see the light shine in your eyes
From the very first photo she ever took of you
And over time, and years of love
That light grew and grew until it lit the flame
Of the love that will forever warm your Mama's heart
Brightly shine, candle bright, Willie dear
Brightly shine forever.

11-12-2005, 09:03 AM
That was such a wonderful tribute, I don't know how I missed it last year.
Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you.

11-12-2005, 10:53 AM
Thank you all so much for your kind and comforting words, and for appreciating my dear Rainbow Bridge angel, Willie.

Karen, thank you for the poem, that is beautiful and brought tears to my eyes.

11-13-2005, 01:27 AM
He certainly was a handsome, cuddlesome dog, and your tribute was beautiful. We honour the memory of Willie and your love for him.

11-16-2005, 12:39 PM
He was beautiful and so lucky to have you. ((((hugs)))) I am so sorry. :(

finn's mom
11-16-2005, 03:07 PM
Jess, I didn't see this. :( I know you shared the photo of his urn with me already, but, I didn't even think to look here. I usually don't. :( What a beautiful tribute to an even more beautiful dog. I'm sorry I'm just now seeing this. We love you, Willie.